When in Rome With Batali

An encounter with Mario Batali in Rome sends Todd Carmichael deep into the Amazon. While in Brazil, he dodges gunmen and enlists the help of the local resistance to find a key ingredient that will convince Mario to put his name on a killer espresso.

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Todd Carmichael in Brazil
Todd Carmichael in Brazil

Todd Carmichael in Brazil

Todd Carmichael shows a group of kids some pictures on his phone at an MST camp in Brazil. MST, also known as the Landless Workers’ Movement, is a group that is fighting for land reform in Brazil so the poor in rural areas can have access to land that will provide them with a self-sustaining way of life. 960 1280

  

Piranha in Brazil

Piranha in Brazil

Todd’s American friend in Brazil, Joe, shows him a bucket of piranha that they'll eat for lunch. 960 1280

  

Borracharia Cacal

Borracharia Cacal

Todd stops at Borracharia Cacal, a tire shop, to ask the owner for directions. 960 1280

  

A caiman in Brazil

A caiman in Brazil

Todd holds a light as the coffee farmer's wife inspects a freshly killed caiman they've hunted for dinner. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Rome with Mario Batali

Todd Carmichael in Rome with Mario Batali

Hollywood shoots Todd's pitch to world-famous chef Mario Batali for a new espresso blend. Todd wants Mario to put his name on a new espresso roast that Todd’s company, La Colombe, is creating. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Rome with Mario Batali

Todd Carmichael in Rome with Mario Batali

Todd and Mario drive through the streets of Rome on mopeds while Hollywood follows in a van. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Rome with Mario Batali

Todd Carmichael in Rome with Mario Batali

Todd and Mario taste some of chef Fulvio Pierangelini's cuisine in Rome. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael in Rome with Mario Batali

Todd Carmichael in Rome with Mario Batali

Todd and Mario walk the streets of Rome looking for the best espresso Italy has to offer. Even if Todd manages to find the perfect bean, the bigger question is whether the American icon of all things Italian will agree that it’s the best espresso he’s ever had. 960 1280

  

Todd Carmichael with Mario Batali

Todd Carmichael with Mario Batali

Mario and Todd taste the espresso blend Todd has brought back from Brazil. Is it good enough to earn chef Batali’s seal of approval? 960 1280

  

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